Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Newsletter LA 678 October 9

 What's up in grades 6 7 8? Here's our newsletter for October 9.

Grade 8 & 7
Eighth and seventh grade students attended the college fair at LRHS last week. Students learned about different opportunities for careers of interest to them from seventeen different colleges and training centers.

Grade 8 students received their laptops. The Nespelem School Board recognizes the need for students to not only learn digital citizenship, but to also participate in collaborative, connected, positive ways with others students. They need to read the web, create  the web, and do this in clear, concise ways to ensure their message is received by the intended audience. This is the new literacy also recognized by our new standards, The Common Core State Standards.   

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Grade 7 & 6

Last year, sixth grade students taught fifth grade students about Digital Citizenship.

Now those former sixth grades students are blogging regularly as seventh graders. Be sure to check out their

posts here:

And the new grade six students try their hand as well here:

Remember that our Kidblogs are our drafts, our chance to build fluency. We hope to see better writing and editing as the year progresses. Watch us grow!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Laptop Life

On October 4th, 2013, our grade eight students receive a chance to leave a legacy at Nespelem School. Our School Board of Directors approved the purchase of laptops for each of our seven eighth grade students to help them develop the skills and strategies of today's learners.

This is an honor they have been preparing for by learning digital citizenship, accepting the Responsible Use Policy, and understanding the purposes for this privilege:

The Nespelem School District believes that in order for students to positively contribute to a 21st century global society, they must be globally aware, civically engaged, and capable of managing their lives. In this society, students also will need to be able to thoughtfully use information, media, and technology in order to succeed. The NSD provides technology resources with these goals for its students in mind.

The NSD believes the educational advantages of using technology outweigh the potential for misuse. The NSD has established safeguards to ensure the protection of staff and students. These safeguards ensure the benefits of technology, protect the corporation’s investment in hardware and software, and help to prevent misuse. Technology allows NSD users to access and utilize global resources, communicate and collaborate with other individuals/groups for educational purposes, and significantly expand access to digital curriculum and research.

The laptops provide these students with the tools that support the Common Core State Standards, especially in research and writing, but also in all subjects. The CCSS expects students to employ the process of inquiry, to read and research in depth and to communicate in multi-media ways to clearly explain their understanding of multiple views of issues. 

Please ask them about their progress and projects as they prepare for their futures with the tech tools that allow them to develop critical thinking and planning, thoughtful investigation and analysis, and collaborative actions and products. Our Writing Class Netiquette has guided this class since they started fifth grade; many of the skills and strategies they are already practicing. 

We accept our responsibility to work hard on our goals, and to share what we learn with others. We are thankful for this opportunity. Our first day will be spent learning about the care of our laptops and to begin our journey of connecting and communicating globally by commenting on other middle school blogs from around the world.

We'll keep you informed of our journey -- our work as authors, historians, journalists, mathematicians, and scientists.

This is a school related site so please respect others and comment appropriately. Please contact Ms Edwards if you have any questions or need to report any inappropriate activity. Thank you. Reflect Curiosity and Wonder... Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness...